After last week’s nutella cinnamon rolls, I think it’s full speed ahead on fall projects and while these DIY potholders will totally work for any time of year in the kitchen, there’s something about crochet that makes me think of the fall and winter months.
The best part about these DIY potholders though is that it only requires ONE material and so special tools required (unless you count scissors as a special tool) because these were finger crocheted. Anyone as excited as I am?! Click through for the tutorial.
What you need to make your own DIY potholders…
- 20 yards of 3/8 inch cotton piping (you can use any width you’d like though)
How to make your own DIY potholders…
Start with a slipknot. Then pull the long side of your cotton piping through the hole you created with the slipknot, forming a loop about the same size as the first hole. As shown in photo. Continue this process until you’ve reached roughly 8 inches in length.
Then, you’ll start creating additional rows to thicken the width. To do that, thread the cotton piping through the second to last loop and then the last loop. Repeat this process (where you’re threading through two holes each time) until you’ve reached the end again. Once you reach the end, make a loop only going through the last loop. This will give you the start for the next row. Then continue by creating loops through the previous holes to create more rows this same way until it’s roughly the size of a potholder – about 8 inches wide by 8 inches high.
Once you’ve reached the desired size, pull the piping all of the way through the final loop and pull tight. Now, it’s time to add a loop for hanging and then you’re done. To add the loop, take the extra piping and feed it through the closest loop hole until you have a loop that is about 1 inch in diameter. Wrap piping around the base of the loop and create a knot to secure it. Finish it off, by cutting off the excess piping as close to the base of the hanging loop.
Click the image above for a zoomed in view of the step by step photos.
And that’s the potholder project. The cotton piping is pretty thick, so these little guys will really help protect surfaces from heat, etc. ALSO, they can be dyed or painted, if you’re looking for something with a bit more color or want to take this project a step further.
Have you ever tried hand crochet before? Think you’ll try the DIY potholders for your kitchen?